JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville University women’s basketball team collected its third straight victory on Wednesday night in an 87-66 romping over the Tennessee State Tigers. Backed by a double-double from sophomore guard Queen Alford and a career-high in points from senior center Madison Scott, the Dolphins have improved to 3-2 overall and remain perfect at Swisher Gymnasium.
“This was just another great team effort for the young ladies,” said Head Coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin. “We won on the road but were unhappy with our performance in regards to turnovers. We really focused on that today. Tennessee State is a great team and they have great post play but we did a great job pulling together to get the win.”
Alford led all-scorers in the contest with 24 points on 9-of-12 shooting from the field. She also added 13 boards, four assists and three steals in 34 minutes of action. Senior guard Stephanie Edwards (11), senior forward Jade Cargill (11), and sophomore forward Briona Brown (10) also finished the night in double-figures.
After matching her career-high in points in the previous two games, Scott eclipsed her record posting 18 points on 9-of-11 shooting from the floor.
“Madison is no surprise to me,” continued McCuin. “She has goals. Madison wants to be an impact player for the team. Every day in practice she works towards it so when people see her executing on the floor it’s because that’s what she does in practice.”
After winning the opening tip, the Dolphins jumped to an early 4-0 lead in the first forty seconds on baskets from Brown and Edwards. Though Jacksonville led for most of the frame, the Lady Tigers were always within striking distance. With 10:42 on the clock, the Fins were able to gain a slight advantage over the Lady Tigers on power moves to the basket from Scott.
Battling from behind, Chelsea Hudson started a 9-2 TSU run. Scoring seven straight points over the stretch, the redshirt-junior forward provided the team with their sole lead of the game, 24-23, with 5:43 remaining in the half.
The Dolphins then went on a run of their own and scored eight unanswered points, six of which were recorded on layups from Alford. Later, with 1:30 left, the Dolphins surrendered a nine point tip as they allowed the Lady Tigers to score three straight baskets and pull within three, 35-32, at the break.
An 8-0 run in the first two minutes of the second half, provided the Fins with their first double-digit lead, 43-32.
Creating defensive pressure was a key factor in the win. The Dolphin’s defense held TSU to just nine points over the first nine minutes of the frame and though the team battled till the end, JU’s 52 points in the second half proved to be too much for the Lady Tigers.
Jacksonville returns to action on Saturday, Dec. 7 when they take a trip to Tallahassee to face Florida State. The contest is set to tip-off at 7 p.m. and will mark the start of a seven-game road stretch for the Fins.
“Florida State is an ACC team but it’s another opportunity for us to go out and work on getting better,” wrapped McCuin. “Our end goal is to get an Atlantic Sun Championship and in order for us to do that, we have to go out and play opponents like Florida State and we’re excited about the opportunity.”